Benjamin A. Gilman

politician and United States Army Air Force officer

Benjamin Arthur "Ben" Gilman (December 6, 1922 – December 17, 2016) was an American politician. He was a Republican United States Representative from New York.

Benjamin A. Gilman
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th, 22nd, & 26th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983 (26th)
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993 (22nd)
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003 (20th)
Preceded byOgden R. Reid (1973)
Jonathan B. Bingham (1983)
Nita Lowey (1993)
Succeeded byDavid O. Martin (1983)
Gerald B. H. Solomon (1993)
John E. Sweeney (2003)
Personal details
Born(1922-12-06)December 6, 1922
Poughkeepsie, New York
DiedDecember 16, 2016(2016-12-16) (aged 94)
Wappingers, New York
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jane Prizant (divorced, 1954–1978; 4 children)
Rita Kelhofer (divorced, 1984–1997)
Georgia Tingus

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. Gilman graduated from Middletown High School in Middletown, New York in 1941 and received a B.S. from the Wharton School Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in 1946. He also earned an LL.B. from New York Law School. Gilman served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1942 until 1945 during World War II.

Political careerEdit

He was elected to Congress in 1972 to represent New York's 26th congressional district, defeating John G. Dow, a Democratic incumbent who had been serving in the New York's 27th congressional district (which included most of the territory and population of the new 26th district), and served from January 3, 1973 until January 3, 2003. During his time in Congress, he was chair of the House Committee on International Relations (104th through 106th Congresses).

Personal lifeEdit

Gilman has been married three times, to the former Jane Prizant (1927–2000), a lawyer and daughter of a well-known actor of the Yiddish theater (Hyman Prizant), Rita Kelhofer, and Georgia Tingus. He had five children.

Gilman died at a hospital in Wappingers Falls, New York on December 17, 2016 from complications of hip surgery, aged 94


Other websitesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Benjamin A. Gilman (id: G000212)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-03-18
  • Appearances on C-SPAN